Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.
The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email firstname.lastname@example.org , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.
New for 2018 – “Bring a Friend for a Fiver”! The perfect way to introduce your friends and neighbours to the joys of a jazz – just bring along a guest who hasn’t been before and we’ll give them a ticket for £5. Just let us know you’re bringing a guest when booking.
July 11th Season Finale- Karen Sharp/Steve Waterman Quintet
A multi award-winning quintet to finish the season, featuring double British Jazz Award winners Karen Sharp on tenor sax, Steve Waterman on trumpet, Nigel Price on guitar , Winston Clifford on drums and Marianne Windham on bass
A busy and popular musician with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen Sharp first came to notice playing fluent, swinging and lyrical tenor sax in Humphrey Littleton’s band and has since won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. She tours regularly with her quartet which features Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown and she plays with numerous larger ensembles including Robert Fowler’s ‘Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band’, Steve Waterman’s Big Band and the Stan Tracey Big Band.
More recently Karen was delighted to be part of the ‘Guy Barker Big Band’, performing at the BBC proms in 2015 and 2017. Recent recording projects include the ‘Barnes/O’Higgins – The Sax Section’, a project for five saxophones, Alan Barnes’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, and her latest quartet album, ‘The Sun, the Moon and You’ released this March on ‘Trio Records’!
Steve Waterman is undoubtedly one of Britain’s top jazz trumpet players. He began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music, playing with the European Community Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Since then, he has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene with John Surman, Andy Sheppard, Tony Coe, Carla Bley, Don Weller and many others. He has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs under his own name as well as a number of CDs under the ECM label with John Surman’s Brass Project and Carla Bley.
Steve has won numerous BBC British jazz awards over the years and is very committed to Jazz education. He is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London and visiting Jazz Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College Of Music and The Welsh College Of Music And Drama and has co-written a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book.
The rhythm section features the multi-award winning Nigel Price on guitar, and Winston Clifford on drums, one of the most in demand drummers on the jazz scene whose playing is free from the usual restraints of stylistic expectations and a true reflections of listening and responding “in the moment”.
An outstanding lineup – advance booking recommended!
Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.